This Week In The Market – 2 March 2021

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In this week’s Market News:

– Latest COVID Update
– International Women’s Day event
– Upcoming warehouse power outage

Market News
COVID update and impacts on Market Operations
The MMA has implemented changes to market COVID rules and operational procedures in line with revised Victorian restriction levels. 

As of 11.59 pm Friday 26 February, the following changes have come into effect:
•    Face masks – It is strongly recommended that you wear a face mask when you are unable to consistently keep 1.5 metres distance from other people (e.g. on the Buyers’ Walk, trading floor); however, there will no longer be a mandatory requirement to wear a face mask in the market (both indoors and outdoors). You should continue to carry a face mask with you at all times, and you should put it on when you cannot maintain social distancing. Individual businesses may choose to implement their own mandatory face mask rules for employees as part of their COVIDSafe plan. 
•    Temperature screening – The requirement to have your temperature screened upon entry to the site has ceased, and temperature screening staff will no longer be stationed at gate 1. 
•    Entry gates – Gates 2, 3 and the pedestrian turnstiles have re-opened, and market users can enter and exit the market via these points. Access cards need to be carried at all times and are required to gain access to the site. Those without an access card, or anyone who has forgotten their card, will be required to sign in at gate 1 security.

Detailed information regarding COVID operational changes at the Market can be found here.

Lunar New Year 2021 Wrap-Up

Last Tuesday the Melbourne Market community shared in our annual Lunar New Year celebrations.

While it was a scaled-down event, it was still a great morning with our COVIDSafe entertainment providing some fun, and the delicious cupcakes were a sweet breakfast treat.

Again, on behalf of everyone at the Melbourne Market we wish our Asian community good fortune throughout the year of the Ox.

International Women’s Day event – Wednesday 10 March

Next Wednesday, 10 March, LaManna Premier Group are hosting ‘Fresh Start’, an event celebrating women in the fresh produce industry, in recognition of International Women’s Day.

This event will be held at the Melbourne Market along the Buyer’s Walk and is proudly supported by the MMA.

Guest will be attending from all areas of the produce industry to show their support for International Women’s Day. This event is sure to be an enjoyable afternoon of networking, food and knowledge. A panel of industry guest speakers will share their support for women in leadership within the industry.

The day is open to everyone, so if you would like to attend, or sponsor the event, please reach out to

National ‘Shop & Win’ Promotion happening now!

A better choice! has just launched it’s national ‘Shop & Win’ promotion. This promotion offers a weekly prize draw, encouraging consumers to shop at their local fruit and veg shop.

As part of the campaign, there is a range of point of sale material including wobblers, posters, decals, signs and stickers for member stores to use in-store to promote the competition. A better choice! is offering members the use of a professional merchandiser, who will visit your store with the merchandise and complete the install free of charge, making hassle-free and saving you time. 

There is still time to participate in this promotion and have A better choice! point of sale material installed by a merchandiser for free but you must register. There are limited spots and merchandise packs available, so be quick!  Click here to book today!

If you would prefer to install point-of-sale yourself (ideal for regional stores) or would like electronic copies of the campaign for your online promotions, email with your details.

Melbourne Market Power Outage
On Sunday 28 March, warehouses 1 to 9 at the Melbourne Market will undergo a temporary power shutdown to perform crucial maintenance work on the outer ring power supply.

Power will be cut to all market warehouses for approximately 6.5 hours, from 7:00 am – 1:30 pm.

During the shutdown, warehouses will be without power, including cooling/refrigeration. The Melbourne Market apologises for any inconvenience. If you would like more information about the upcoming power outage please click here.

M80 Ring Road – Sydney Road to Edgars Road Closure
The M80 Ring Road will be closed between Sydney Road and Edgars Road from 9pm to 5am on Monday 15 March. However, access to the Hume Freeway from the M80 Ring Road, Greensborough-bound will be maintained. The Hume Freeway southbound lanes will also be closed between Cooper Street and the M80 during this time. Detours will be available via Edgars Road and Mahoneys Road. Refer to the detour map for recommended detours. You can find out more about upcoming road closures by clicking here.

Fire Warden training

Business principals can nominate themselves, or a representative from their business, to attend a fire warden training course, free of charge. 
Those who attend the training will gain the skills needed to be a fire warden for their business in the event of an emergency.

Email if you’d like to attend. 

When: Wednesday 3 March, 5.00- 6.00 am
Where: Conference Room, Ground Floor, Administration Building
Cost: Free of charge

Victoria Labour Day Public Holiday

The Melbourne Market will be closed on the upcoming Labour Day public holiday, Monday 8 March. If your parking permit only allows access on a day that falls on a public holiday, and you would like to come to the market on an alternative adjacent market day, you will not be charged for parking and can enter the market. However, your regular bay may not be available. Please see a Market Relations Officer on arrival for instruction.

Industry News
Destructive and fast travelling plant pest reaches Victoria

The crop destroying plant pest, fall armyworm, has been found in Victoria already.
Previously, the fall armyworm had only been found in Australia once last January, but has since spread across Australia including up to Queensland. The fall armyworm pose particular problems for broadacre crops like cotton and rice and a host of other agricultural crops. The worms also have a taste for fruit and vegetables and can destroy entire crops in a single night.

To find out more information, read the full article here

Melbourne Market Job Board

Do you have a vacancy to fill in your business?
Email for the position to be placed on our online job board.

Looking for a new role? Check out the online job board via the button below. View full online job board

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